Week at garden centre the best student has had

Juwan Kington, of Miriam Vale State School, reports on recent work experience.

NOT eager to go and not knowing what to expect I headed off to work experience.

I am Juwan Kington, a Year 10 student at Miriam Vale State School.

We prepared for a week worth of work experience with phone calls and communication with our future employers.

Walking in, I received a very polite welcome from the owners of Tannum Garden Centre, Mina and Paul.

From day one I knew that this week was going to be the best week I've had. 

I began with the worst job - sweeping. Following this I had my first lunch break.

Throughout our lunches we had many discussions.

I learned many new and interesting things, like Paul's wife was from Japan and Paul was part Chinese. 

After many hours spent with Paul and Mina, I made them laugh and we had many in-depth conversations.

The week went by quickly and by the time it was Thursday, the day before the last day, I had already driven a skid steer, made deliveries around the town and I even got to tip the tray of the truck.

I met many people during my day.  I was using the till and serving customers.

I appreciated that they taught me about this industry as I now have skills that I can use when I am looking for a job that involves using a till, handling money and serving the needs of the public.

On the final day, I suffered from a migraine and wasn't able to participate very much.

But I was still lucky enough to say goodbye and thank them for the fantastic week.

My week has made me, I believe, a better person.

The people I worked with were so amazing and I thank them for taking me into their circle of trust as an employee.

To anyone else wanting to attend work experience I say go for it.

Miriam Vale State School students have learnt a range of new skills thanks to the school's work experience program.
Miriam Vale State School students have learnt a range of new skills thanks to the school's work experience program.